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UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE
JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.


Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.

Monday, October 15, 2007.

Met according to adjournment at eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Rosenberg in the Chair) (having been appointed by the President, under authority conferred by Senate Rule 4, to perform the duties of the Chair).

The Senator from Essex and Middlesex, Mr. Tarr, led the Chair (Mr. Rosenberg), members, guests and employees in the recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Report.

A report of the Department of Public Health (under the provisions of Sections 5 and 20 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws) relative to inspection of Essex County Correctional Alternative Center (received Wednesday, October 10, 2007),— was read and sent to the House for its information.

Petitions.

Mr. Augustus presented a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2362) of Edward M. Augustus, Jr., Michael V. O’Brien,
Konstantina B. Lukes, Harriette L. Chandler and other members of the General Court (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation relative to bilingual ballots in municipal elections in the city of Worcester [Local approval received],— and the same was referred, under Senate Rule 20, to the committee on Election Laws.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Petitions were presented and referred, as follows:
By Mr. Timilty, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James E. Timilty, Richard J. Ross, Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Scott P. Brown for legislation relative to aggravated 911 non-emergency calls; and
By the same Senator, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James E. Timilty, Brian A. Joyce and Louis L. Kafka for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Lealdon Langley, an employee of the Department of Environmental Protection;
Severally, under Senate Rule 20, to the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Deborah Gosselin, an employee of the Department of Social Services (House, No. 4272, amended,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.

A Bill authorizing the city of Gardner to purchase land in the town of Winchendon (House, No. 4046,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, referred to the committee on Ethics and Rules.

A Bill authorizing the city of Brockton to convey certain park land (House, No. 4164,— on petition) [Local approval received],— was read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.

A report of the committee on Health Care Financing, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the House Bill to amend the Commonwealth’s drug treatment program to allow for the diversion of low-level offenders under court supervision (House, No. 1912), and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on the Judiciary,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.

A report of the committee on Health Care Financing, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1130) of Robert K. Coughlin and Kathi-Anne Reinstein for legislation to establish a patient safety technology trust, and recommending that the same be referred to the House committee on Ways and Means,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence, insomuch as relates to the discharge of the joint committee.

Notice was received from the House announcing the following appointments:

That Representatives Bosley of North Adams and Walrath of Stowe have been appointed by the Speaker of the House to the special task force (under Chapter 130 of the Acts of 2007) to develop an electronic health records system within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for children in foster care, individuals and dependants enrolled in MassHealth and SCHIP programs, and individuals and dependants enrolled in Commonwealth Care or Safety Net programs.

Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.

There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered as follows:
The Senate Bill designating a certain bridge in the town of Southampton as the Southampton Veterans Memorial Bridge (Senate, No. 2066),— was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Reports of Committees.

Ms. Menard, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill relative to technical corrections to Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2005 (Senate, No. 1964).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Ms. Chandler, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading. read a third time and passed to be engrossed, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act further regulating certain appliances”.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

Ms. Menard, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill designating a certain bridge in the town of Dalton as the Benjamin-Muraca Memorial Bridge (House, No. 3503, changed).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.

Ms. Menard, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The Senate Bill relative to a certain motor vehicle number plate (printed as House, No. 221).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading and read a third time.
Mr. Augustus, for the committee on Bills in the Third Reading, reported, asking to be discharged from further consideration thereof.
The report was accepted.
The bill was then passed to be engrossed.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

By Ms. Menard, for the committees on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently, that Joint Rule 12 be suspended on the Senate petition of Kevin Wreghitt and Barbara A. L’Italien for legislation to amend the Home Care Accountability and Supplemental Act.
Senate Rule 36 was suspended, on motion of Mr. Moore, and the report was considered forthwith. Joint Rule 12 was
suspended; and the petition (accompanied by bill) was referred to the committee on Children, Families and Persons with
Disabilities.
Sent to the House for concurrence.

PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.

Petitions were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4291) of Michael A. Costello and Steven A. Baddour that the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance be directed to lease certain property located in the city of Newburyport to said city for use as a park and learning center for children;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4292) of Michael J. Rodrigues and others relative to the Board of Public Accountancy and regulating the registration of certified public accountants;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4293) of Eugene L. O’Flaherty and Robert S. Creedon, Jr., relative to the filing of anti-gang injunctions in the courts of the Commonwealth;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 12, to the committee on the Judiciary.
Joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4294) of Eric Turkington and Robert A. O’Leary relative to conservation restrictions on certain parcels of land under the control of the town of Edgartown;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 7B, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4295) of Demetrius J. Atsalis and Robert A. O’Leary relative to the retirement allowance of Louis Cataldo, a retired employee of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and retired chief of the police department of the town of Dennis;
Under suspension of Joint Rule 7A, to the committee on Public Service.

Engrossed Bills.

The following engrossed bills (the first of which originated in the Senate), having been certified by the Senate Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, were severally passed to be enacted and were signed by the Acting President (Mr. Rosenberg) and laid before the Governor for his approbation, to wit:
Relative to recall elections in the town of Holbrook (see Senate, No. 2304); and
Relative to the Department of Public Works in the town of
Hatfield (see House Bill, printed as Senate, No. 2238).

Order Adopted.

On motion of Ms. Chandler,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again tomorrow at one o’clock P.M., in a full formal session.

On motion of Mr. Tisei, at twenty minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., the Senate adjourned to meet on the following day at one o’clock P.M.